How to Make Fake Bricks

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How to Make Fake Bricks
A fake brick can be made using supplies you might already own. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

A fake brick can be a fun toy or a prop for a play or movie. Making one can be done using some basic craft supplies. As you'll be using paint and other materials, make your fake brick on a workbench or surface that you won't be upset if it gets glue or paint on it. For added protection, use some old newspapers that you can throw away after you're done making the brick.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Glue gun
  • Styrofoam board or similar plastic foam board
  • X-Acto knife
  • Red paint
  • White paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Flour, chalk or plaster of Paris
  • Ruler
  • Sandpaper
  • Latex gloves

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut out three pieces of styrofoam board, or a similar plastic foam board, that measure about 3 5/8 inches by 7 5/8 inches, using the X-acto knife. These pieces need to be the exact same dimensions as each other.

  2. 2

    Hot-glue the three pieces directly on top of each other. This creates the shape of the brick. The brick should be about 2 1/4 inches tall, 7 5/8 inches in length and 3 5/8 inches in width, which gives it similar dimensions to a real brick. Give the pieces time to dry.

  3. 3

    Sand the edges of your brick, so it's smooth on the sides.

  4. 4

    Paint one coat of white paint around your brick. Wear latex gloves to avoid getting paint all over your hands. Wait for the paint to dry. Use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process, if you want.

  5. 5

    Paint two to three coats of red paint around the brick. Use a reddish-brown colour. Wait for the paint to dry before continuing on to the next step.

  6. 6

    Dab a white powder, such as flour, chalk or plaster of Paris, around the brick's edges. This will further give it an old brick look.

Tips and warnings

  • There is a risk of breathing in styrofoam particles and paint fumes, so wear a ventilation mask while making your fake brick.

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